Racism hurts warmongers

Why aren't we winning in Iraq? According to Shelby Steele of Stanford's Hoover Institute, we just need wholesale slaughter but white guilt is getting in the way. We won't make the gutters Baghdad overflow with blood because we're scared of looking racist. And whose fault is that? Shelby seems to think that anti-racists are to blame for discrediting white supremacism. If we were just more comfortable with the greatness of the white race, we'd be more comfortable Solving the Problem Once and For All.

Glenn Greenwald calls Steele's article "one of the most incoherent and just plain inane arguments I've read in a long time." Glenn reminds Steele that we're supposed to be liberating and rebuilding Iraq, not bombing it back into the stone age for the greater glory of the White Race.

Military historian Robert Farley notes that wholesale slaughter hasn't been a very effective approach to counterinsurgency.

In a subsequent post, Farley discusses the other great military myth that's gripping the right-wing blogosphere: It doesn't matter what we do, it just matters that we have The Will to do it. The great thing about The Will is that you can Will other people to do the unthinkable from the comfort of your own home and congratulate yourself for being a tough guy.

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